June 16, 2024


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Les Miserables Film Review

“Change is inevitable in life”. Everything around is changing with the passage of time. Each individual get a chance to bring a change in his life. Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoid change. Others, on the other hand, are not afraid trying new things. They believe that change can be a good thing. Well, in the film Les Miserables, you will meet a man who was incarcerated for nineteen years because of stealing a piece of bread then decided to change for the better and make things right again. This character is none other than Jean Valjean. This review will focus to him. A person who undergoes change-from someone with confused morals to a man with more morals than most, whom with respect learns to love and share. The story happened in the country renowned for its sophistication-France. It is in the 1800’s while the French revolution is happening. As the story is being told, see how this ex-convict transformed from a miserable criminal into a heroic, courageous, and a peaceful man.

The story started when the convict Jean Valjean was released from a French prison after serving nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread and for subsequent attempts to escape from prison. When Valjean arrives at the town of Digne, no one is willing to give him shelter because he is an ex-convict. Hopeless, Valjean knocks on the door of Monsieur Myriel, the kindhearted priest of Digne. Myriel treats Valjean with kindness, and Valjean repays the bishop by stealing his silverware. When the police arrest Valjean, Myriel covers for him, claiming that the silverware was a gift. The authorities release Valjean and Myriel makes him promise to become an honest man. Eager to fulfill his promise, Valjean masks his identity and enters the town of Montreuil-sur-mer. Under the assumed name of Madeleine, Valjean invents an ingenious manufacturing process that brings the town prosperity. He eventually becomes the town’s mayor. Unforeseen, he met a young girl named Fantine that has an illegitimate daughter named Cossette. He promised to the girl that he will adopt her child and treat her like its own. As time pass by, Cossette and Jean Valjean found a new, peaceful life for a time in the convent but the two eventually left the convent and lived in Paris again. Cossette falls in love with a young man named Marius. The political situation deteriorates in Paris, and the city experiences a violent uprising. Marius joins the fight out of despair. Jean Valjean joins the fight to watch over Marius, though part of him wishes Marius to be out of Cossette’s life forever. Valjean saved Marius’ life, though Marius does not know who saves him. After Marius heals, he again pursues Cossette for marriage. After that, Marius found out that it was Valjean who saved him. The newlyweds rush to Valjean’s side just in time for a final reconciliation. Happy to be reunited with his adopted daughter, Valjean dies in peace.

Symbolism is something that is woven profound inside Les Misérables; it stows away in stolen silver candles that prompt recovery, and the yellow travel permit that indicated social foul play. About the candles, they are not quite recently that. They symbolize a more profound importance. After Jean Valjean is discharged from jail, the special case who will take him and treat him like a person is the Priest of Digne. Unfortunately, still made up for lost time in his old methods for agony and submitting malicious just to survive, Valjean takes the silver the Priest utilized amid the supper. The silver speaks to the Bishop’s objective of approaching Valjean with deference; henceforth, later when a policeman gets Valjean with a great deal of silver in his rucksack and returns him to the Priest, the Priest reacts by saying that he had given Valjean the silver as a blessing and instructs him to take the candles also, advising him that they are worth around two hundred francs. He likewise advises Valjean to recollect forget that he “guaranteed to utilize this cash in turning into a legitimate man”. Not just that, the Priest discusses reclamation and redeeming quality when he says: Jean Valjean, my sibling, you never again have a place with insidious, yet to great. It is your spirit that I purchase from you; I pull back it from dark contemplations and the soul of destruction, and I offer it to God. Concerning the yellow ticket, when Jan Valjean at last leaves the correctional facility, he was given that paper. At to begin with, it resembled a ticket to flexibility yet it’s definitely not. It’s more similar to a ticket to much more wretchedness. That is on the grounds that the Yellow Ticket is an image of social dismissal. Jean Valjean is required to convey it with him constantly so as to indicate individuals that he is an ex-convict, or else he’ll be disregarding his parole and backpedal to imprison. The issue is that this ticket makes individuals dismiss him wherever he goes. As Valjean says to Priest Myriel, “This is my ticket-of-leave – yellow, as you see. That is the reason everyone dismisses me”.

Discuss greatly unreasonable. Whatever he did was take a chunk of bread to encourage his starving family, and he got tossed behind bars for a long time as a result of it. Now that he’s served his chance and is out, the purported free world is by all accounts more regrettable than imprison-in light of the fact that at any rate he could rest and eat in prison. Because of that yellow ticket, Valjean unfortunately discovers “the importance of freedom when it is joined by a yellow ticket”, which is not by any stretch of the imagination freedom. The yellow ticket symbolizes the unpleasant way society treats its untouchables. It demonstrates to us that “opportunity” doesn’t mean a mess if what it implies is that you’re allowed to starve and bite the dust.

As someone who is not fond of watching musicals and theater play, the movie, Les Miserables has been an eye opening to me that films like these are a must watch. The flow of the story is very organized and well composed. The cinematography and effects were surprisingly good given that the movie was from 2012 and the way characters portrayed their roles is very astounding. The dialogues were wonderfully delivered by the characters with the right expression, emotion, and feelings that the viewers can also perceive the excitement and enthusiasm in every scene. Though some of the characters have a limited time of exposure, their role left a big impact on the viewers. As for the character of Jean Valjean, it was excellently done. The actor is very fit to that role.It was just a little bit disappointing because at the end, Jean Valjean died. But all in all, the movie was perfect. It gave the viewers the clear vision on how the French Revolution started and ended. To end this, I would like to congratulate the persons behind this very good film. They all deserve a big round of applause.